The exciting Dustin Brown takes the stage in Metz on Tuesday, as he confronts Frenchman, Paul Henri-Mathieu.
Brown has thrilled with his dreads and tennis at times this season, but he hasn’t quite made a significant breakthrough.
Semi-final finishes in Montpellier and Gstaad show the potential of the man, but he hasn’t quite found the form and consistency required to be a regular fixture on the tour.
Tuesday’s match against wily French veteran, Paul Henri-Mathieu habours plenty of intrigue, but I’m pulling for Mathieu to tame Brown and his antics in three sets.
Another one to keep an eye on in Metz is the enigmatic Benoit Paire against fellow Frenchman, Vincent Millot.
You can never be too certain of what to expect from Paire, but he should surely have too much game for his compatriot on Tuesday evening.
Former Australian Open semi-finalist, Fernando Verdasco is the biggest name in action in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
Verdasco is up against Serbian, Dusan Lajovic, just under two months after the Spaniard squeezed out a straight sets victory in an opening round meeting in Atlanta.
Lajovic does boast one victory over today’s opponent, in an equally tight three-setter in Sao Paolo last year.
This third meeting promises to be another close affair, but Verdasco gets the nod in this one.